My Ancestors - Finding the Viking one

Let me tell you how I got crazy about my ancestors and did a lots of researchs about that and what I have found. I will try to resume the best I can.

My daughter Jaqueline did a DNA test and when she got the results she got emotional and happy because , big surprise she got Nordic gens. Then... I was surprised and I  said that it should be from her father family. We knew that her father family origins were Spanish and Portuguese but we never heard about Scandinavian members of the family. 

You know, my history and conexions with Nordic people and their lands. You know I was living there and you know I am an Icelandic citizen since 2011, do you ? But you know that my citizenship did not came for blood, but because my art and relationship with Icelandic people.

My daughter said that I should make a DNA test because who knows the gens came from me. I said : No, no from me . I don't believe it. 

AFRICA - My mother side

I knew my mother origins : Africa (she is a black woman, a brazilian born and as all black people from Brazil , we know her ancestors came as slaves from Africa. We did not know from where in Africa, because the slaves had no documents and at their time  they all got, in Brazil, the surname  SILVA, what makes still more difficult to know about their Countries origins in Africa. I did my DNA test and now I know the origins are : NIGERIA and KENYA. I am 29 % Nigerian and 19.8 % Kenyan . I am glad to know it. I would never know without the DNA test. Them those are my highest heritages from my mother side. 

I also got some smaller porcentages from Central Africa 1.5 % that is close from Nigeria.

North Africa 4.7%( Egipt ,  as oldest origins,maybe for my father side considering the Vikings have also been there in North Africa and considering that science says we get more gens from the father than from  the mother?

EUROPE - My father side

Iberic - Portugal , Spain - 19.9 %

Italy - 1.1% smallest porcentage from the father side

Nordic - 23.1 %

Yes, for my surprise ; through my DNA test we found out that Jaqueline , my daughter,  got her Nordic gens by me ! Wow, I was so amazed by those news but also because the porcentage of my Nordic gens were so high. Can you imagine I have 23.1% of North European gens (18.6 Scandinavian and 4.5% (Germanic +East Europe) Unbelievable ! 

So I started with my researchs , I got crazy on it. And I found my Nordic origins , not before lots of working and lots of talkings with the cousins that I discovered through my test too and I focused on the cousins that had also Scandinavian gens. 

The first cousine I got talk , was from the TAITSON family in Brazil. They are descendents of Clara Barbosa TAIT that was born Clara Barbosa da Silva and she got married in Brazil with the English Ferdinand TAIT. They gave origin to the Taitson family in Brazil. Both families TAITSON and THAYTSON descend of this couple. Then... in the begning I thought my line was coming from Clara but after talking with my cousine I found out Clara was my Auntie-grandmother and I discovered little later that my direct ancestor was her brother Antonio da Silva Barbosa. So... the TAITSON and TAHYTSON are my cousins but I don't have the english blood of Ferdinand Tait but I have the blood of his wife Clara ad her brother Antonio and my Nordic gens came from Antonio da Silva Barbosa and their Nordic gens came from Clara da Silva Barbosa. Gotta love to know about this couple and their descendents. They are still a huge famlily in Brazil. 

After that , I got talk with a cousin from USA that all family has Scandinavian gens and she explained to me that the family was living in Azores for more than 400 years and the Vikings were there and so she said my gens came from there but is almost impossible to find the Viking ancestor, she said. Then I found out that Azores and Madeira Islands in Portugal had a lot of Vikings descendents and there are lots of studies about those Wiking gens from those areas . It was totaly new for me. My Nordic gens came from Portugal ? I had to find how it happened.

https://studgen.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-vikings-at-azores.html

Then ... I did not stop and I gotta know my Portuguese ancestor Jeronimo de Ornellas Menezes e Vasconcelos , a Portuguese man born in Madeira Island that came to Brazil and brought the Nordic gens to my father family side. Jeronimo was a pioneer, he was the founder of the Porto Alegre city in the South of Brazil. And I did not know I had family from this part of Brazil. 

To be sure I was descendent of Jeronimo, I did a test comparess with a recent discovered cousin and yes, BINGO ! We got matched! So... Jeronimo is really my ancestor ! 

This mentioned cousin had a very well done work with the genealogy of the family and it helped me a lot to find out many other things. Here you have a blog by him

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/De_Ornellas_de_Menezes-1

When I finally arrived to my 7th grandfatherJeronimo, of course I was glad and proud of him as my ancestor but I did not want to stop until to find the Viking ancestor if it would be possible. I got the line of Jeronimo and I arrived until 1500, 1500!!! It was the year that Brazil have been discovered by Portugal. I arrived there in 1500 and my ancestors where in Madeira Island at that time, the Ruas family. But I did not find the Viking on this line. 

One day I was reading and reading  and I found a blog where a guy said: all Kings from Portugal came from the MONIZ. Then I said to myself : I had MONIZ in the Jeronimo family. Then I got my notes and yes, the Jeronimo's mother was a MONIZ, Antonia MONIZ , but I have not take her line before because I took the Jeronimo's father line and arrived to surnames RUA and RUAS that were also my ancestors. So...with this tip, I started searching the Antonia Moniz line as she was also my direct ancestor. And then ... Bingo ! I found the Viking in the end of the line.

I will not post all my tree here of course because it has different lines. But , since I was looking for my Viking ancestor you can take a look on the line that arrives on him.

Please, see the line here, the red names are the viking descendents :

Jussanam da Silva

daughter of

Paulo da Silva + Helena da Silva

Son of

Antonio Silva + Lugduvina da Silva

Son of

Antonio Silva + Unknown

Son of

Antonio da Silva Barbosa + Unknown

Son of

Antonio da Silva Barbosa + Maria dos Santos da Silva Barbosa

son of

Joao da Silva Barbosa + Anna da Silva Tavares ( Oliveira)

son of

Maria da Silva (Leme Barbosa) + Tenente Francisco da Silva 

daughter of

Jerônimo de Ornellas Menezes e Vasconcelos + Lucrecia Leme Ornellas Menezes e Vasconcelos

son of

Antonia MONIZ (Pestana de Veloso) +  Joao Manoel Pestana de Veloso 

daughter of

Isabel Moniz de Menezes  + Manuel Homem da Costa 

daughter of

Jeronimo de Ornellas de Abreu , Neto + Bernarda de Ornellas de Abreu

son of

Luzia / Elvira de Ornelas + Antonio Garcia de Gamboa

daughter of

Jeronimo de Ornelas de Abreu Catarina de Barros da Cunha 

son of

Diogo de Barros + Francisca Henriques

Son of

Pedro Goncalves da Camara Filho (da Clara) + Isabel de Barros

Son of

Pedro Goncalves da Camara + Catarina de Ornelas de Saavedra

Son of

Mecia Henriques de Noronha + Joao Goncalves da Camara

daughter of

Dom Joao Henriques de Noronha ( de Norena ) + Beatriz NN, señora de Mirabel

son of

Alfonso Henriques + Isabella de Norena

son of

King Henri II (Castille) + Elvira Iniguez

son of

King Alfonso XI + Leonor Guzman

son of

King Ferdinand IV (Castille, Leon et Galicia) + Constanza Portugal

son of 

King Sancho IV “ The Brave” + Maria de Molina

son of

King Alfonso X “The Wise” + Violante de Aragao

son of 

King Ferdinand II (Leon et Galicia) + Urraca

son of

Urraca - Queen of Leon, Castille et Galicia) + Fernan Perez Ponce de Leon

son of

Constance de Bourgogne + Alfonso VI Duke

daughter of

Robert I - “The Old” + Ermengarde of Anjou

son of

King Robert II - “The Pious” + Rozala of Italy , Bertha of Burgundy, Constance of Arles

son of

Adelaide (Adela) de Aquitaine + Hugh Capet

daughter of

Gurlaug or Gerloc Hrolfsdottir + William Towhead

daughter of

Duke Rolf / Rollo / Hrolf - “The ganger” - 846 a 932 - My direct Ancestor 33 generations

 

 

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